Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Perez.
Christian, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
A few years ago I met Paul Argueta, CEO of the fast-growing Real Estate Company, REH Real Estate and Lowell & Vanderbilt. (The latter being the high-end division, where he specifically focused on Relocating Professional Athletes.) Paul offered to personally mentor me in business and helped mold me into the effective, knowledgable, and efficient Real Estate Agent that I am today.
Paul saw a spark in me and instantly connected with who I am as an individual. He saw that I was highly motivated, sharp, accountable, and didn’t give up easily. A perfect fit for the type of work we do!
I’ve always been the go-getter type with a servants heart from an early age. So it was only natural that I came into a commission-only based career from the start and I knew that I would excel.
I went from working with Paul and his company doing two things – selling homes to/for the everyday family or investor and shadowing him as he relocated pro athletes as they got traded – to now mainly focusing on building my own business doing the first part, but with Keller Williams in Burbank.
More on the details coming up!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Shortly after getting my license, I quickly rose through the ranks and earned my stripes by successfully closing many difficult transactions and having happy clients! But the road to making things happen has not been easy and still isn’t. I’ve just learned how to deal with it better. A very real challenge to any new Realtor is having potential clients perceive you as lacking experience.
And with me being as young as I am, I’m sometimes wrongly perceived still as lacking experience. That’s until they start talking to me of course! At first it really held me back, I think I could have achieved more in my first two years if I had the same confidence I have now.
I remember my very first Million Dollar+ listing appointment… I pulled up to the house where I first met the homeowners and I had less than $8.00 to my name! With the training and guidance from my mentor, paired with my energy, I was able to win over them over and they gave me the listing which I then sold! It was one of my first deals. Needless to say after that one, every following listing I won went a lot smoother.
Overcoming that self-limiting hurdle was a big game-changer for me. Now with my mentorship experience, all of my firsthand experience, and the training I put myself through on my own time, I’m ready to really take off with my business.
Lowell & Vanderbilt Pro Athlete Relocation – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Because of my work ethic, capability, and drive, I was trusted to work alongside Paul and his assistant Jonathan Williams as he opened his new division of Lowell & Vanderbilt. The Pro-Athlete Relocation Division. Having had this opportunity, it quickly set me apart in this overly crowded industry that I’m in. I now know what it’s like to (and more importantly… how to) deal with executives, highly influential people, pro athletes, their people, their people’s people, their financial planners, attorneys, etc. etc.
That experience alone makes the everyday mom and pop client wanting to buy or sell a home seem like a walk in the park. I’m so grateful for the experience, opportunity, and education!!
Recently, on good terms, I’ve parted ways REH Real Estate and the Pro-Athlete-Relocation division of Lowell & Vanderbilt and have moved my business to Keller-Williams in Burbank.
With the switch, I plan on growing my business by focusing on helping families and investors buy and sell single-family-residences here in LA, mainly in Burbank where I was born and raised. Once I make that part of my business run like Usain Bolt, I intend on becoming the go-to Real Estate Agent for celebrities. Specifically rappers entertainers, producers, musicians, and other execs in the music industry. Much like how Paul opened his Pro-Athlete-Relocation Division, I intend to be CEO of my brand and I won’t stop till I get it!
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?You know, I haven’t really thought of it that much. If I had to say one time, it was back when I first listed and sold that million dollar+ property that I talked about earlier in the interview. That moment really let me know… “your hard work is paying off, keep going!”
It’s too early in my career to look back now though so I’ll keep my eyes up and onward! I’m more excited of what’s to come! Just wait.
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